Important information for 2016 Graduation Ceremonies

The 2016 Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Conferment ceremonies will be held in a bespoke marquee in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral – an iconic spot in central Guildford.

The Cathedral, where we traditionally hold our Graduation Ceremonies, is undergoing vital renovation works from September 2015 until April 2017. Whilst the Cathedral will remain open, the works unfortunately mean that the capacity is reduced and we are unable to hold the ceremonies inside.

When we heard the news of the Cathedral works, we explored several other venues, both on and off the University Campus. Having seen the impressive plans for the marquee, the University felt that keeping the Graduation ceremonies very much at the heart of the University of Surrey was the best option.

The marquee, which has a stunning backdrop of the Cathedral through glass walls, will provide a unique setting for this special day of celebration. Unfortunately the  Cathedral will now not be open to all Graduands and their guests for photographs before and after the ceremonies.  Staff at the Cathedral informed us on 24th May that due to circumstances beyond their control the works on the Cathedral are proving much more intrusive than they were originally led to believe.  The Cathedral will not now be accessible for photographs due to Health and Safety concerns.

As with previous years, all Graduands and their guests will be invited to a garden-party style celebration on Stag Hill Campus, a short walk from the Cathedral, to enjoy refreshments. 

Mood Board 2016 Graduation - PDF


Photographs of the July 2016 graduation ceremonies and receptions are available to view and purchase using the link below:

Undergraduate Degree Ceremonies 2016

Tuesday 12 July

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Wednesday 13 July

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Thursday 14 July 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

To include:

School of Economics

Surrey Business School

School of Law

English and Languages

Friday 15 July

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,  Royal Academy of Dance and Guildford College

To include:

Social Sciences 

Hospitality and Tourism

School of Arts

Guildford School of Acting

Future postgraduate degree ceremony dates

5, 6 and 7 April 2017 (provisional)

11, 12 and 13 April 2018 (provisional)

Future undergraduate degree ceremony dates

11, 12, 13 and 14 July 2017 (provisional)

10, 11, 12 and 13 July 2018 (provisional)


July 2015

Photographs taken both in the Cathedral and marquee during graduation week (14 to 17 July 2015) are available to view and purchase by clicking on the link below: